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Media Release: KNP issues 500 fines to misbehaving road users

Date: 14th January 2009

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) acting Managing Executive Mr Abe Sibiya announced today (Wednesday, January 14, 2009) that 503 fines were issued to visitors who failed to obey the rules of the park during the December 2008 Festive Season.

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) acting Managing Executive Mr Abe Sibiya announced today (Wednesday, January 14, 2009) that 503 fines were issued to visitors who failed to obey the rules of the park during the December 2008 Festive Season.

“We hope that this will make these misbehaving individuals realise that we really mean business when we say visitors must obey the rules and regulations in the KNP and that those rules and regulations which are meant for their own safety are enforced at all times,” Mr Sibiya commented.

Of the fines issued, 293 were issued for speeding and 210 were issued for contravening the KNP’s other regulations, which include littering, getting out of vehicles, playing loud music, driving after hours and various other offences that are enforced by the KNP’s law enforcement officers under the Protected Areas Act, (ACT 57 of 2003).

“One of the major challenges that our officers have is that they cannot be everywhere, all of the time and therefore we thank those members of the public that made use of our Emergency Call Centre number to report offenders,” Mr Sibiya added.

Included in the list of offenders was a reckless driver who was permanently banned from driving in the KNP after an impala was killed in the Marula Region of the KNP (between the Sabie and Crocodile rivers). The highest speed recorded was on the Numbi Entrance Gate Road where a motorist was caught driving at 132 km/h.

The fines were issued as a result of a blitz on rule breakers that was started at the beginning of December 2008 which saw intensive vehicle control points, speed traps, patrols and other visible policing actions taking place all over the KNP.

“We know that there will be those rule breakers that slip through the cracks every now again and, to those people who choose to act in this way, we would like to issue a harsh warning. If we catch you, you will be fined!” he said.

Of the fines issued, 150 were issued in the Marula Region (between the Sabie and Crocodile rivers), 52 were issued in the Nkayeni Region (between the Sabie and the Olifants rivers) and 301 were issued in the Nxanatseni Region (between the Olifants and Limpopo rivers). Ten were issued to staff members and the total value of all the fines issued was R314 100.

“We thank those visitors and road users who continue to observe the rules and regulations of the KNP for their efforts,” concluded Mr Sibiya.

The rules and regulations of the KNP, which are well communicated on entrance permits, signage and pamphlets, include the following:

  • Visitors must remain in their vehicles unless in a designated area.
  • Remember that no part of the body may protrude from a window or sunroof or any other part of the vehicle. Vehicle doors should be closed at all times.
  • Stick to the speed limit! All general rules of the road apply within the Kruger National Park. The speed limit is 50 km/h on tar roads and 40 km/h on gravel roads.
  • Look at the gate times in your green gate permit. You must be inside the camp or out of the gate before these times. No travelling before or after these times are allowed.
  • Gate times must be strictly adhered to and late comers may be subject to a fine.
  • You are not allowed to drive “off-road” or on roads with a “no entry” sign.
  • The feeding or disturbing of animals is a serious offence. Remember, animals see litter as food!
  • Overnight visitors are only allowed to stay at a booked and recognised overnight facility and must report to reception before occupying accommodation or camping.
  • All accommodation and camping sites may be occupied from 12:00 am on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 09:00 am on the day pf departure.
  • Vehicles of a carrying capacity exceeding 4 000 kg, buses or any vehicles with more than 25 seats, are restricted to the tar roads.
  • A stringent noise restriction is enforced between 21:30 and 06:00. The use of cell phones is permitted only in camps, gates and in cases of emergency.
  • The use of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles and motorbikes is prohibited.

Rules and regulations are enforced under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act no. 57 of 2003) and transgression can result in a maximum spot fine of up to R1 500.

Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email: raymondt@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org

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